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Looking good! For a color that is not all that common in the general distribution, there sure are a lot of reds in the photos on this site. Of course since I have two of them, my prejudice shows. Looks like he still has a little more growing to do do as well.

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@rgreen4: Appreciate the kind words. Yea, he still has some long legs to grow into. At present, he is 21 months old, weighs 95 lbs., and 30" tall. The sire weighed 125 lbs. & dam 115 lbs. Some Dobes, especially the larger European Dobe breeds, are not fully matured until 3 years old.

Any guesses on his final ht/wt?

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Oh my isn't he wonderful!! I love the way the sunlight bounces off that gorgeous mahogany coat.

Okay.. let's take a poll:

I'm going to guess he'll be 32 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh in at 120 by the time he's three..( how tall was his sire?) Looks like you're keeping him in wonderful shape.. he is stunning!

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Lady Kate, Max, the sire is 31" tall & 125 lbs. He has a huge chest cavity. I've noticed Sage's chest cavity has increased in size recently, too. Thank you for the kind words.

Here is a pic of Max;

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I don't think he will get much over 30". Kind of like teenagers who shoot up, and then fill out. At the age of three, he may be around 110 if he is in as good a shape if he is right now. Just keep an eye on his ribs, and if he starts to fill out too much you will have to cut back on his kibble.

Red is at 30" and peaked at 147 before we diagnosed his thyroid condition. Now he is much more active and weighs around 105. Of course he is almost 7 1/2 years old.

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Glad Red is doing well these days.

I'm on 30 days leave and have been getting up at dawn's early light so Sage & I can go on 1.5 - 2 hr walks. Seems like Sage has filled out more since th elast time he was weighed (June). So, he may be close to, or over 100 lbs. Yea, if he stays at 30" that would be fine by me. I would not be surprised if he reaches 31 - 32", though.

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Hi SoldierRN; Love the new pics!  Sage is gorgeous! He really is a stunning boy and very stately; his coat color is beautiful!  Are they still growing after 21 months?! I never kept track of Ginger's weight because she stopped growing at her current weight, 45-47 lbs. (I know, she's little - but I still think her Dobie side is her dominant trait). 

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Gingersmommy - there is a lot to be said for a smaller Doberman. I can pick up Princess at 70 lbs, but just barely. There is no way I can pick up Red at 105 pounds. At 70 pounds and 21 months old, Princess can jump, but Red cannot.

I am considering going back to one vehicle when the lease on my mini-van expires next June. In order to get Red to the vet, I may have to build a ramp to get him in and out of the back area of my pickup truck (4 door) and the assistance of one of the handlers at the vets. Currently it's a small step into the back area of the van for him.

When I was picking out Princess, I specificially wanted a smaller Dobie.

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Hi regreen4, you are right, there are definite benefits to having a smaller doberman as you mention. I think 60 -75 lbs. would be the perfect size for me, though, as their bodies are so magnificent, I wish Ginger were a little bigger.  Whenever we are in a position to get a full dobie, I hope to get a female who is anticipated to be around 60-75 lbs. (although whatever she winds up growing into would be just as fine). I bet your Princess looks very refned and "feminine" and Red looks stately and "masculine."  To me, it's clear that Ginger is a girl (without doing the obvious check).    As far as assisting Red into your truck, maybe you could consider one of those hassock-type things that come with some chairs that people put their feet on - a foot rest - that's what it is (duh)!  That might provide him an intermediate "step" to be able to hop into your truck.  It might be more portable for you than a ramp. (?)  Toodles for now!